Prairie Schooler Snowman

Christmas Day by
The Prairie Schooler, #134
fabric: misc linen remnant
fibers: DMC
stitched by staci
(more pictures can be seen on my blog)


Noel Ornament
Stitched 1 over 1

Design: The Sweetheart Tree

Fabric: 32 ct Belfast linen

DMC, Mill Hill beads, charm

Stitched by Ponechka

yellow pop < $99

(photo via The Sartorialist)

Welcome Summer!

It's time for SUMMER FUN! To celebrate SUMMER, I have everything in my etsy shop on sale! All Bags Of JOY and baby items are reduced! Beach Bag and summer bags are still available!

Beginning June 10, 2009 my etsy shop will close and re-open in the Fall!
I will have new creations for Halloween, Fall and Christmas! You never know what you may find in my shop!

In the mean time, I will be sharing some fun summer days with my kids! I will also be working on new creations that I can't wait to share with you! Have a great summer and Happy Shopping!

Follow my blog for sales and promotions! I will have some fun surprises when my etsy shop returns in the fall! =)

Christmas Image Swap #2

Anyone care to participate in a Christmas image swap?

Here are the details:

Comment on this post if you want to swap images with a partner.

Please email me at with the following information:

Mailing address
Email address
Blog url if you have a blog
PCP url if you don't have a blog

Send your partner a minimum of 5 stamped Christmas images on white card stock. If possible, don't ink your image with dye ink. Some sort of permanent ink lik Stazon or any brand of pigment ink is preferrable. They are more compatible with different coloring mediums.

If you don't receive your image from your partner, you will need to contact your partner via email.

Please be courteous and do send your images as promised to you partner. I've participated and organized swaps and I've had swappers express their disappointments in not receiving their item from their partners.

Anyway. . .if you want to participate, comment below and send the info I requested via email. Please comment and email your information by June 10. After June 10th, I will provide your partner's information to you and from there you will work with your partner on determining what images you prefer if you do have a preference.

Hope you'll play along!

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends!

Welcome to my dear friend named Kilz! I have come to love Kilz, a latex primer that works great for so many painting projects! It has become my best friend when restoring WALLS and FURNITURE from dark permanent markers and crayons and everything else!

This dresser has had some rough years with my little boys. My boys have colored on it, and have also put stickers and of course engraved their name! The picture doesn't show you all the crayola marks, inside the drawers are some painted masterpieces!

I decided to take it over and I painted it black with off white for the drawers! I'm going to do some decorative painting on the drawers. I now use it in my sewing room! The boys have bigger closets with a lot of shelves, so good bye to dressers!

I also covered it with a thick glass that you can easily have cut to size from any glass or hardware store! I also added one of my pieced quilts underneath the glass! My new dresser works great for organizing fabric and I love the glass top!

You can change your fabrics and also use pictures and other seasonal decor under the glass!
Kilz works well for many projects! I rarely sand down furniture! Happy Painting!

Latest ornament finish

Chilly's Gift by Michelle Lutzen of Stitchy Kitty. Stitched on 14 count baby blue aida using the DMC recommended. I used a pink tree, pink ribbon and star to embellish it.

Sketch Challenge #18 (05-25-09)

Hi Friends! It's that time again! It's challenge time again! We're on Challenge #18! Whoohoo! This time around it's a sketch challenge! It's an easy challenge this week!

Gosh. . we're almost hitting June! Time sure flies! Have you started on your Christmas cards? Well, time is ticking. . before you know it. . it's Christmas so you better start now!If you want to participate, be sure to comment to post with a link to your blog, SCS gallery, or any photo gallery. Anyway, can't wait to see your lovely cards!!

Be sure to check out the awesome cards created by the design team. They surely will inspire you to create your cards early:

Connie - Inlovestamping

Tina - Mommy Scraps Alot

America - Cards by America

Despite the photo, they are identical in size. These are Christmas gifts for two little sisters. I used an Aussie hand-dyed opalescent Lugana 28, Spice Blend Peacock Fantasy by Stiches and Spice, Crescent Colours and DMC floss, Mill Hill beads. The angel design is from Graphworks Mini Motif Designs for Christmas Vol III (1983).

Happy Memorial Day

G R A T I T U D E!
Thank you so very much to the men and women who have served our country....and to those who are currently serving our country as well ~
it is because of you we can enjoy the freedom that we do!!!

Fairytale Birthday Bag!

Just add Princess shoes, party dress, fairy wand and one happy Birthday girl and welcome to a Bag of JOY full of Birthday Fun!

Mylene's May ornament

Yule Rejoice ornament
Primrose Needleworks design
JCS 2008
Zweigart Belfast naturel 32ct.
DMC threads

"Sew" Happy!

Welcome Summer, polka dots and pink daisys!

Today, we created a few skirts for one little happy girl that loves to play in skirts! They are "sew" fun to make! The "Fairycastle" skirt turned out pretty long and it is a very full skirt! The little girl wanted it long like a princess! It's a party skirt!

When she puts her skirt on, the magic begins! She can't hold still! She brings a smile to my face! I don't think I've ever mentioned how fun it is to have a little girl! =)

Since we had so much fun making the "fairy castle" skirt, we couldn't resist making a "Hi-Ho cherry-O" skirt! This skirt is not as full and has a drop waist, it is a great skirt for everyday-comfortable! Through trial and error, we have our sizes figured out! These skirts are great for summer and fast to make, you can make a skirt within an hour!
There is a great patchwork little girls skirt with tuitorial directions from Moda Bake
You will find a printer friendly pattern that is easy to follow and so cute!
Happy sewing! Let the magic begin!

Debbie's Color Combo Challenge #17 (05-18-09)

*****Debbie of "the Paper Garden" will be hosting our challenges every 3rd week of the month and this week her challenge is a color combo challenge! Whoohoo!!

We want to welcome a new member of our design team: America of Cards by America! Whoohoo! America is a very talented card maker and her cards as with the other team members will surely inspire you to create your Christmas cards early this year!! Welcome America!

This week's challenge is a color combo challenge. The color combo is: Sage, Chocolate, Peach.

Debbie here...If you like to use Stampin up colors, you can also use SU!'s Groovy Guava, Appricot Appeal or Cameo Coral for your peach. I am excited to be helping Maria host these challenges. I won't always choose colors for my challenges. I realize these aren't traditional Christmas colors, but sometimes it's just fun to shake things up. I can't wait to see what you all create.

For those who wants a sketch to follow, I provided a sketch. The sketch is not part of the challenge.

Check out the awesome cards created by the design team:

Vicki Garrett-Summerthyme Studio

Jodi - Inked Inspirations

Jen Young - Pieces of Me...